PR Week

It’s been awhile since I tested most of my lifts, so might as well test as many as possible in one week right? In at 10am this morning.


  • 3:00 Air Dyne
  • PVC Pass-thrus

I need to start switch up my warm-ups a bit. It’s been cardio and pass-thrus most days.


Front Squats

Coming in, I was feeling good about setting a big PR.

  • 5 @ 45#
  • 5 @ 135#
  • 3 @ 185#
  • 2 @ 225#
  • 1 @ 255#
  • 1 @ 270# (PR)
  • 1 @ 285# (PR)
  • 1 @ 295# (PR)

BOOM! 35# PR. Felt really good too.

Overhead Squats

Was looking forward to a big jump here too. Was warmed up from the front squats so went right into singles. I did 135#, 155#, 175# (PR), 185# (PR), and 200# (PR). Another 35# PR! Hell yeah!


5 Rounds of 2:30

  • 250m Row
  • 10 Thrusters (95#)
  • 10 C2B Pull-ups
  • Rest with whatever time is left

I did it Rx the first round, but had to drop to 5 C2B for the last 4 rounds so that I could get about 20 seconds of rest. Pretty tough one. The thrusters really sucked after I had done so much heavy squatting.


Accumulate 2:00 of Ring L-sits. Each break, do 5 burpees. I held my knees up l-sits for 40-30-20-17-13 seconds each so did 20 burpees. I think it took me 5:38 to get this done.

This happened to be my 500th post on this training blog, so I had to make it an epic day right?

Struggle with the Shoulder Press

In at 10am again. Feeling good and getting a lot of great work lately without getting too sore anywhere.


  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus


1 RM Shoulder Press

I haven’t tested it since November so I was looking for a PR. It’s hard to increase this damn lift though.

  • 5 @ 45#
  • 3 @ 95#
  • 2 @ 115
  • 1 @ 150
  • FAIL @ 165#
  • 1 @ 165# (PR)
  • 1 @ 155#
  • 4 @ 135#
  • 4 @ 135#

On my first attempt at 165#, my right arm just wouldn’t go and I think I was flaring out the elbow similar to my bench press problems. I struggled for it on my 2nd attempt, but got it. Didn’t even try for more, but dropped down to get in some volume.


20:00 EMOM

  • Evens: 15 cal Air Dyne
  • Odds: 7 HSPU

Rough! Most HSPU I’ve ever done in a day though and I did them all unbroken except for one round where my foot got caught on the wall after the first rep and I had to get back up on the wall.


11 Rounds of 10 GHD Sit-ups (Rotating through 4 of us)

I have a feeling I’m going to be feeling these in my abs and my lower back for a couple of days.

Max Test Week

Since the 6 week squat program ended last week, it’s a good week to do some max effort lifts. In at 10am with a bigger group of folks than we’ve had lately.


  • 400m Run
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • Hip flexor stretch


Back Squats

  • 5 @ 45#
  • 5 @ 135#
  • 3 @ 225#
  • 2 @ 275#
  • 1 @ 300#
  • 1 @ 320# (PR)
  • 1 @ 315# (we messed up, thinking it was 325#)
  • 1 @ 325# (PR)

That’s a 10# PR. I’ll take it. My ability to do more volume has really increased with the program too.

Weighted Pull-ups

5×3 E2M – I used 25#, 30#, 35#, 44#, and 49#.


I did 6 sets of 2 snatch deadlifts, using 185# with wrist straps. I really wanted to work on rising with my hips and back at the same time instead of my hips first like I tend to do in my Olympic lifts.


3 Rounds (Road Circuit, so keep a low heart rate)

  • 1m Russian KBS (35# KB)
  • 1m Jump Rope
  • 1m Box Jumps, Step down (14″)
  • 1m Air Dyne
  • 1m Hang Clean & Press (25# DBs)
  • 1m Ball Slams (15#)
  • 1m Rest

Was supposed to be 5 rounds, but I was there long enough and suggested we cut it short.

Finished the Squat Program

In at 10am. Trained with Kevin and Kinde.


  • 3:00 Air Dyne


Front Squats

Last session of the 6 week volume squat program. Warmed up with 5 @ 45# and 5 @ 135#.

  • 5 @ 205#
  • 4 @ 215#
  • 3 @ 230#
  • 2 @ 240#
  • 1 @ 260#
  • 6 @ 205#

I went a little over the prescription since loading 200# on the bar is not convenient and then also added 5# on the set of 1 so I could set an easy PR. Forget the reps and did an extra one on the last set. I’m really happy I did this program and can tell my squats are better. I’m excited to test out my maxes next week.

Bench Press

Had a disappointing showing a couple of weeks ago for 1RM bench, so needed to get back on track. I looked back to the last time I did sets of 3 and went for the same weights.

  • 5 @ 135#
  • 3 @ 155#
  • 3 @ 175#
  • 3 @ 195#
  • 3 @ 215#
  • MAX @ 175# (Did 10)

The set with 215# wasn’t exactly easy today, but at least I know I can still do it. Had to really concentrate on keeping my right elbow in close today and it helped.


  • 5-4-3-2-1 Clusters (135#)
  • 10-8-6-4-2 OTB Burpees

This one was inspired by a WOD Briggs and Valenzuela did.

I dropped the bar every rep, but didn’t take any breaks. Took me 4:22.


5 Sled Drags of about 100m (135#)

Easier Day

In at 10am. Feeling a bit fatigued from the strength work and WODs yesterday, but Kevin and I planned for an easier day today anyway.


  • 5:00 Air Dyne (easy pace)
  • PVC Pass-thrus


5 Rounds

  • MAX Pull-ups (strict)
  • 90s Rest
  • MAX Ring Dips (strict)
  • 90s Rest

Originally we were going do to this as a 10:00 EMOM, alternating between the two, but after the 2nd round of pull-ups it was clear that wouldn’t work. So we started taking more rest after the 2nd round. I managed 12-5-7-7-6 on the pull-ups and 14-10-11-10-10 on the dips. Much harder than expected and I was breathing like I just finished a metcon.


15:00 EMOM

  • Power Snatch
  • Snatch

I used 95# for the first 3 sets, then 115# for 7, 125# three times, and finished with 135# for the last two rounds. Got it all on video except for the first set of 95#. Was feeling pretty good about a few things, but still have a lot to work on. Need to start doing a lot more Olympic lifting like this.

Here’s the rounds of 135# in slow motion.


2k Row

My goal was to keep a 1:50/500m pace, which I was able to do for 600-700m and then it was a struggle just to keep it at 1:53 or so. Pushed it for the last 200m or so to finish in 7:23.8, beating my old mark of 7:38 back in December.


Squats Are Getting Easier

In around 10 this morning and trained with Laura and Kinde. I came up with most of the programming for the day and Matt added the explosive work.


  • 500m Row
  • PVC Pass-thrus
  • 3/3 Turkish Get-ups (35# KB)
  • 2/2 World’s Greatest Stretch


7:00 EMOM

  • 2 Sumo Deadlifts (Fast reps and reset at the bottom, no bouncing – 205#)
  • 2 Broad Jumps for distance

Was supposed to use 40% for the deadlifts, but I didn’t want to calculate so picked 205#. Should have been closer to 180# I guess, but these weren’t hard so heavier was better I think.


Finishing up week 4 of the squat program. The back squats were pretty brutal, but the front squats weren’t too bad. Lot’s of volume though. Warmed up a bit with 135#.

  • 5 @ 160#
  • 5 @ 175#
  • 5 @ 185#
  • 5 @ 200#
  • 4 @ 215#
  • 4 @ 230#

Rested about 2 minutes between each set. I think this program is really paying off. The last two weeks look pretty brutal so we’ll see how it goes.

Olympic Lifting

7 Sets

  • Power Clean
  • Hang Power Clean
  • High Hang Power Clean
  • Rest 90s

I started at 115# and went up 10# each set, ending at 175#. Wasn’t easy there at the end, but I felt like I was staying over the bar pretty well and getting decent hip extension.



  • Power Clean (155#)
  • Bar-facing Burpees

I had to switch collars after about 5 reps because they kept popping open and flying all over the place. Smacked myself in the chin on a jerk about halfway through the round of 10. 155# didn’t feel too bad today. Finished in 9:20.


Tabata Air Dyne

This was pretty terrible after all the other work. I only managed to get 72 calories.

Gymnasty Friday

Feeling pretty good today after a tough WOD and some good strength work last night. Trained at 10:30am with Matt, Cora, Kevin, and Steve. Kevin came up with the programming for the day and Matt ended up using it for the Survival Fitness classes too. Was a good one!


Did a 500m row, 3/3 Turkish Get-ups with a 35# KB, some PVC pass-thrus, and then worked up to heavy push presses.


10:00 EMOM

  • Evens: 3 Push Presses
  • Odds: 10 Pistols

I was planning on trying 185#, but it was really heavy warming up, so I dropped down to 175# and used it for the first four rounds and then bumped to 185# for the last round. Programming called for only 6 pistols, so I was going to try wearing my 20# vest but it was pretty awkward so I did 10 each round instead. I can fly through them pretty fast now and don’t run into many problems.


12:00 AMRAP with 1 Deadlift EMOM (285#)

  • 5 HSPU
  • 7 Pull-ups
  • 9 Air Squats

The deadlift kind of served like a forced break in this. My first round was a little fast, but then I kept the same pace until the last 2 or 3 rounds when my HSPU got a little slower. I came up 2 squats shy of 12 full rounds for a score of 11+19. All of my HSPU were unbroken which was nice. Pull-ups and squats were only broken up due to coming on a minute and having to do the deadlift.


10 Rounds

  • 15s Air Dyne sprint at 100%
  • 1:45 Rest

This felt easier than when we did it last Saturday. Didn’t have that sick feeling throughout, but it did hit us all about 5 minutes after. Kevin and I got 287 calories on our AD, which was up from 269.